Update on Pending State Vote Counts and Trump Lawsuits
Updated: Nov 14, 2020
Joe Biden has enough electoral votes to be named the President-Elect of the United States, however, a few of the states are still finalizing their tallies.
Trump was projected as the winner for Alaska on Thursday and Biden was projected as the winner for Arizona on Friday. Here are some additional details about the pending states:
Arizona - Biden leads Trump 49.4% to 49.1% - An estimated 99% of the vote has been tallied. With 99% of the vote in, Biden is projected as the winner of Arizona. He will be the first Democrat to win the state since 1996.
North Carolina - Trump leads Biden 50% to 48.7% - An estimated 99% of the vote has been tallied. With 99% of the vote in, Trump is projected as the winner of North Carolina.
Georgia - Because of the tight margin in the original vote count (Biden 49.5% vs Trump 49.2%), Georgia issued a recount last week. They have started the hand recount and plan to have the recount finished by Wednesday, Nov. 18th.
Trump has challenged the results of the election in several states with legal action. His campaign is claiming that widespread voter fraud has affected the outcome of the election, but is not seeing much success in court. There is currently pending legal action in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and Michigan, however, several of the suits have been dismissed by judges for "lack of evidence."
On Thursday, several state and election officials from both parties across the nation announced that there is no indication of any widespread irregularities with the election.
Despite these announcements, the Trump campaign continues to affirm that the election was "stolen" from them and that they will win in court.
On Friday, top Trump adviser, Peter Navarro, said that the White House is proceeding under the "assumption of a second Trump term," and that President Trump "won the election."
Beyond the refusal to concede the election, the Trump administration is also refusing to allow Biden's transition staff access to government offices, secure communications and classified briefings.
This has created some turmoil in the GOP as several Senate Republicans have insisted that Biden should at least have access to the President's Daily Brief - a daily summary of the nation’s intelligence secrets and assessments of threats.
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